After announcing it at the CES earlier this year, LG today introduced its K series of smartphones in India. LG launched the LG K7 and LG K10, priced at Rs 9,500, and Rs 13,500 respectively. With its new K series, LG is primarily focusing on the design, which it believes will set the new smartphones apart from the crowd. The smartphones will take on a number of budget Android smartphones, including some high specced ones. That said, the new smartphones do seem to compromise on some features and specifications as compared to immediate rivals such as Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, and Lenovo K4 Note among others. We have spent some time with the new LG K10, and here are our first impressions. Also Read - This Qualcomm chip bug affects around 30 percent of phones globally: Report
With the focus being on design, it is safe to say that the LG K10 indeed looks good. It does not have the metal body that you get on some of the smartphones in this range, but by no means it looks cheap. The front has been given a piano black glossy finish, and we must say it looks gorgeous, especially when the display is turned off. Our only grouch is that the glossy front panel is a fingerprint magnet. The curved body with the smooth finish is a delight to hold in your hands and it feels quite light too. Also Read - Flipkart Smartphones Carnival sale: Deals on Apple, Samsung, Poco, Realme, more smartphones
The removable back panel features a woven pattern that is quite unique and offers a good grip too. But in only a couple of hours of using it, we could see small specs of dirt getting wedged into the patterned design. Underneath are the two SIM card slots (nano), the microSD card slot, and a removable battery. LG is among a few companies that have persisted with a removable battery, and it’s not a bad thing at all. Also Read - LG reveals list of phones to get up to Android 13 update even after business closure
The LG K10 flaunts a 5.3-inch HD display, and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. You would expect the device to run smoothly with these specifications, and may only stutter when put under strain by graphic-intensive games. But in our short time using it, we came across quite a bit of lags and stutters. The only solution in such case was to clear the background apps. We believe the smartphone is struggling to cope with LG’s colorful and animation-heavy UI, which can also be a bit cluttered and garish at times.
On the photography front, it is equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera up front. During our brief tests, the photos clicked using the rear camera were above average outdoors and just about passable indoors. The selfie camera is good enough to click photos that can be shared on social media. It also comes with a feature called screen flash, which brightens the screen for providing additional light to your selfies when taking in low or dark light.
On the connectivity front, the smartphone comes with the usual options like dual-SIM card slots, 4G LTE support on one slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. It is also future-proof with support for VoLTE and Vo Wi-Fi features.
The LG K10 is among very few smartphones priced between Rs 10,000 and Rs 15,000 to come with such good looks. But that’s it. Besides a good looking design, the smartphone doesn’t really score big on specifications and features. During our brief usage, we noticed lag and stutters, which cannot be overlooked considering that there are better performing and specced smartphones, such as the LeEco Le 1s and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Lenovo K4 Note, available in the same price vicinity. They bring in better processors, 1080p display, more RAM and even fingerprint scanners among others.
At Rs 13,500, the LG K10 is grossly over-priced. Considering it is being manufactured in India, we would have expected a smaller price tag. We will have a closer look at the LG K10 in our review, but our initial impressions aren’t very positive.